THE HERDSMAN HOUSE

 

This basic wood-frame Herdsman's House is set in rural surroundings in Neubergthal, an early Mennonite street village and national historic site in south-central Manitoba, Canada. The Herdsman's House, built in ca. 1890, is the only remaining dwelling of its type in Manitoba. It  is a good illustration of the homes built for herd-marshals (cattle) in the farm villages established by the Mennonite settlers beginning in the mid 1870's.

Starting in 2002, Paul and Margruite Krahn began stabilizing and restoring the Herdsman's House to much of its early state. Features include: three rooms with a central Russian Bake Oven/Heater ( rebuilt by Restoration Workshop, Parks Canada) ; original fir flooring and reproduced hand painted floor patterns; built-in kitchen cupboards, and handmade doors and windows. in 2015 an addition was added to include a full bathroom and kitchenette.

 

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE and GUEST HOUSE

The Herdsman's House, located one hour south of Winnipeg, just off Hwy 75,  is a quiet and conducive place to retreat and create. This four season house is equipped with a queen sized bed, two single schlope benkjs ( sleep bench ), bedding, a fully equipped kitchen, full private bathroom, high speed Internet, writing desk, and good natural light . The Krahn Barn, also on the property, features a large art studio, concert venue, access to a piano, and an additional guest room with private bathroom facilities. If the Banff Arts Centre is beyond your means or too far away, consider The Herdsman's House in Neubergthal.

We welcome artists of various disciplines, as well as non artists who want to retreat. 

"Over the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to spend some quality artistic retreat time at the Herdsmen House. The sonic soundscape of birds, insects, (in summer), the big sky of the prairies and the incredible hospitality of Paul and Margruite Krahn, have helped me as a composer to complete some major works.  I always find a sense of peace and beauty in my time their, along with being able to work out my creative ideas in such a wonderful environment.  It will always be my special place to write and create."

  - Andrew Balfour (composer, Artist Director Camerata Nova)

"Everytime I have played The Krahn Barn I have felt welcomed and appreciated as an artist. The venue is a gem full of character and life."                                 
  
 - Alexa Dirks (singer/songwriter - Begonia, New Lightweights)

"The Krahn Barn is a magical place, a haven where people and performers meet to explore community and the transcending power of words and music. I can't wait to get back there."  
  
 - Mel Braun ( Baritone/performer, Associate Professor, Desaultes School of Music, U of M)

For booking information contact us at mkrahnweb@gmail.com or 1-204-324-1612

 

Herdsman House kitchen/dining

Herdsman House kitchen/dining

Queen sized bed with Russian Bake Heater ( Build by Restoration Workshop- Parks Canada)

Queen sized bed with Russian Bake Heater ( Build by Restoration Workshop- Parks Canada)

 
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Rates for Artists

Single

$50/night 

special rates for bookings over 1 week

Double

 $65/night

special rates for bookings over 1 week

 

Rates for Guests

Single

$80 per night

* $20 for each additional adult guest;

$10 for children

 

 

Study/second bedroom

Study/second bedroom